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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

Holiday Traditions that Improve Reading and Writing Skills

The Holiday Season is a time for family traditions. Retelling stories from your childhood and establishing new holiday experiences with your own family is one of the joys of the season.

One of my fondest memories, as a child, was listening to Christmas stories with my parents and sisters. As a parent, I continued the tradition of reading enchanting Holiday stories to my own children. As my children grew, I asked them to write Holiday stories of their own. However, Holiday traditions can be so much more than just sharing great books and stories!

  • Reading recipes and following baking directions are a fun and tasty way to make reading meaningful.
  • Reading and writing Holiday cards and family newsletters helps children experience the power of the written word.
  • Writing upcoming events, on your child’s own Holiday calendar, keeps your child organized.
  • Writing gift tags gives writing a purpose.
  • Making Holiday coupons, as gifts for others, offers your child the opportunity to help a family member or friend.
  • Writing letters to Santa or playing the Dreidel game lets your child focus and pay attention to details.

Let this holiday season bring joy to your family, while being a joyful learning experience for your child!


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#1 acai beeren extrakt 2009-12-22 09:24
This is a good post.I like reading and writing and you have described very well about how people can improve reading and writing skills for children.Thank you very much and Happy holidays..

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